Michelin Is Recognizing Street Food for the First Time Ever in Its Hong Kong Guide

The 2016 Hong Kong and Macau Michelin guide includes recommendations for wallet-friendly street food
Michelin is moving out of its comfort zone of linen tablecloths and pricey tasting menus.

Michelin is moving out of its comfort zone of linen tablecloths and pricey tasting menus.

Restaurants across the globe that have earned the Michelin star badge usually belong in the high-end dining category: think chef’s tables, gourmet plating, and expensive wine pairings. But for the first time ever, Michelin is taking it to the streets.

The 2016 Hong Kong and Macau Michelin guide will feature the best wallet-friendly street food in the city. The 35 selected notable street carts and trucks will not be awarded stars, but rather will be listed as recommendations, similar to the Michelin’s Bib-Gourmand guide.

“Street food is very much a part of the Hong Kong culinary scene,” said Michael Ellis, International Director for the Michelin Guide in a statement. “Hong Kong has fantastic gastronomy everywhere but Hong Kong is a city that never stops; it never sleeps. People are out and about all the time and street food has always been a very big part of Hong Kong culture."

The selected street food recommendations run the gastronomic gamut from fried pork fat noodles to baked potatoes, satay, waffles, and Indonesian fried rice.

Eight restaurants, six from Hong Kong and two from Macau, earned the Michelin’s highest (and rarest), three-star rating.

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